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More Motorists Stopped, Ticketed In City Last Year

Jamestown police issued 3,363 tickets during 5,506 vehicle stops in 2023, two statistics from the department that saw huge jumps from the previous year.

Once again, and by far, the most ticketed infraction was for aggravated unlicensed operation — drivers operating a vehicle on a suspended license. According to information included in the city’s annual Public Safety Report, officers in 2023 issued the third-degree misdemeanor charge 426 times, nearly double the 218 tickets issued in 2022 and far more than the 165 tickets in 2021.

Other most documented vehicle-related infractions included operating a motor vehicle without inspection; unregistered motor vehicle; operating a vehicle without insurance; failure to stop at a stop sign; no seat belt; and illegal signaling.

In 2022, city police officers issued 1,920 tickets during 2,949 traffic stops. That was preceded by 1,637 tickets and 2,523 stops in 2021 and 1,036 tickets and 2,707 stops in 2020.

Leading up to 2020 — when the COVID-19 pandemic kept many people homebound — officers stopped far more motorists. According to the city’s 2019 annual Public Safety Report, officers issued 4,050 tickets in 2017. That was followed by 4,558 in 2018 and 3,345 in 2019.

In 2023, the Jamestown Police Department recorded 747 vehicle accidents that required documentation. Just over 130 of those crashes resulted in personal injury.

The number of vehicle-pedestrian accidents last year remained in line with past years: 23 in 2023 compared to 24 in 2022; 17 in 2021; 23 in 2020; 20 in 2019; and 25 in 2018.

As in past annual reports, the police department also noted the intersections with the most accidents. The top five identified last year: South Main and Harrison streets; West Sixth and Washington streets; Crescent and Winsor streets; North Main and Buffalo streets; and Allen Street at Foote Avenue.

Washington Street has long been notorious for car accidents. In the department’s list of frequent crash locations for 2022, seven intersections included Washington.

Its propensity for mishaps was noted by city and state officials leading up to a major redesign that was completed last year. The project reduced the number of lanes from four to three with the inclusion of a dedicated middle turning lane.

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